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Resumption of Peace Talks

  • By : Brian Bush
  • July 19, 2013
  • 10:27 pm

Hello Friends,

The resumption of peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis has been announced.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said in Amman Jordan before departing that there is now an agreement that serves as a basis for the parties to resume talks.

Like there has been all along in this process, no details were given about the agreement. Secretary Kerry stressed that the best way to give the negotiations a chance is to keep them private.

Kerry himself underscored that this process is still being formalized, while saying that it was a significant and welcome step forward.

We have all seen in the past how much has been made about a breakthrough only to see what ever it was crumble away.

This seems no different except for the active participation over the last few days of Arab League representatives.

But for Israel's part we have had a day of distancing from details.

As for the Palestinians, their 'leadership' had shied away from Kerry's proposals, which brought on three meetings between Kerry and Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in Amman, and at least one meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

All the face time seemed to pay off, and there is no time being wasted as both Erekat and Tzipi Livni, Israel's top government figure responsible for the negotiations with the Palestinians will travel to Washington as early as next week for the first direct talks since 2010, after previous talks broke down over the issue of continued Israeli settlement building in the West Bank.

I will continue to keep you updated from this blog and on the Harvest Show – so be sure to tune in!

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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